Ellen Mueller

Strategies for Letters of Recommendation

by Ellen Mueller on December 30, 2017, no comments


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Fun news: I’ll be leading a workshop on writing letters of recommendation at the 2018 CAA Conference.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:30–10:00AM
Limit: 20 participants
Price: Members $20, Non-members $35, REGISTER HERE

We will cover the basic structure and guidelines for writing letters of recommendation for individuals in a variety of situations (students applying for jobs/scholarships/grad school, colleagues applying for academic jobs/non-academic jobs/residencies, including when recommenders ask you to write your own letter of recommendation). We will identify ways to streamline the letter-writing process, including providing guidelines to students and colleagues for requesting letters of reference, and establishing a basic letter format to follow for various scenarios. We will also address ways of limiting unconscious bias, avoiding jargon, and troubleshooting difficult letter requests. Participants will be encouraged to arrive prepared to compose a letter of recommendation during the workshop (bring a copy of a person’s resume of major accomplishments to reference for content). Everyone should be ready to share the generic context of their letter (Is it for a student they have known for four years or one semester? Is it for a major grant or an academic job?). Workshop participants will provide feedback to each other as we go through the letter-writing process. Participants are also encouraged to bring any tools/templates they would like to share with the group. We will create a shared online folder of various resources and notes generated during the workshop.

Workshop Specializations: Networking and Career Promotion, Job Search: Applications and/or Interviewing Strategies, Funding: Grants-Fellowships-Fundraising-Scholarships

Required Workshop Materials: Charged laptop/tablet for typing, word processing software, materials for writing a letter of recommendation (bring a copy of the individual’s resume to reference for letter-writing), and note taking materials.

Fall Semester 2017 Re-Cap

by Ellen Mueller on December 28, 2017, no comments

summary of semester

I finally have gotten around to my end-of-semester re-cap for fall 2017 (winter break has been a long to-do list so far!):

My courses included 2D Design (highlight was a field trip to Boston’s ICA), Foundations Seminar (notably, hosting visiting artist Sage Perrott and organizing a student exhibition of zines at the library), and Digital Fabrication (hosted two visiting artists – Joost During and Liz Welch – and organized a group exhibit). Also a big undertaking, I hosted a national conference on teaching social practice, which was a lot of fun.

Off to do a little bit of resting before diving into spring course prep…

Emergency Index 2016

by Ellen Mueller on December 6, 2017, no comments

Emergency Index 2016

I received Emergency Index Vol. 6 in the mail! It was great to see my work, What it Takes, from my residency at Bunker Projects featured in the book. It includes 279 works from 46 countries performed in 2016.

This book of performance works is edited by Yelena Gluzman, Sophia Cleary, Katie Gaydos, and is now available for purchase!

Call for Zines

by Ellen Mueller on December 5, 2017, no comments

Call for Zines

I’m working on a project to build the zine collection at the UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections – read more below, and spread the word to all your friends that make zines!

Artists and designers are encouraged to submit their zines to the inaugural “Z.Archive” exhibition at the UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, January 12 – February 16, 2018. All submissions to the exhibition will be displayed, and become a part of the growing permanent collection of zines at UMass Dartmouth. Zines are self-published, small-circulation, handmade magazines or books; they often cover unconventional topics.

To submit, please mail your zines to:
Ellen Mueller
715 Purchase Street, #345
New Bedford MA 02740

Include a sheet of paper that states your name, the title of the work(s), and a publication date(s). All submissions must be received by January 5, 2018. There is no fee for submission.

For more information about the project, please contact Ellen Mueller, at emueller1@umassd.edu